It’s the biggest thing to happen next to the Taal eruption and it will possibly affect me, so here I write.
To start off, I refuse to call it COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, or NCoV. Some of the alternate names are hilarious, and we have Spanish Flu, Lyme Disease, and other illnesses named after locations. Yet somehow it’s wrong to call it the Wuhan Flu or Chinese Coronavirus.
Reminder that SARS and Avian Flu started in China too. If you’ll notice, their names have no connection to China at all, hmmmmm. And it’s kinda related, but my research says that the Spanish Flu might’ve come from China as well…
A propaganda machine working for its intended purpose!
Just some rants
I heard China just started to deny that it came from Wuhan… even though it’s likely that they actually made the thing in the first place! There’s a frickin biolab right across the market for god’s sake, and they’ve likely misreported its effects from the start! And recently, it has now become “racist” to even say it ever came from China or Wuhan.
Don’t even get me started about people who’ll accuse you of “racism” or “xenophobia” if you have the good sense to avoid Asian, or specifically, Chinese people. The exception is if you know they haven’t left the country or come into contact with confirmed cases, but I think it’s perfectly fine to avoid more contact anyway.
Next we have the World Health Organization refusing to call it a pandemic because of “racism”, though I’ve also heard the real reason was this thing called pandemic bonds. Foolish reasons that can get people killed. They’ve recently declared it a pandemic though, but I wouldn’t trust the WHO since they’re probably under the pocket of the Chinese government.
Then we have people claiming “it’s just the flu bro” or “the flu kills more people every year”. Okay buddy, then explain the 2-6% (possibly more) mortality rate of the Flu Manchu vs. Influenza’s 0.1%? Yes, most of the casualties seem to be the sickly or elderly, but the chances of dying seem to be way higher compared to the flu, especially when it has killed healthier than average people.
There are always assholes visiting quarantined places, or leaving quarantine if they’re infected. Or even worse, people letting in confirmed cases because it’s “racist” not to. Imagine not looking racist trumps NOT LETTING OTHER PEOPLE DIE.
Last but not the least, persons actually trying to spread the disease. There are… several unkind things to be said and done about those.
So be careful of people and organizations like this. I’ll concede that they have a point about prejudice, but it’s for a practical reason like a frigging pandemic! Rational people would go back to normal after this all blows over, if they survive Winnie the Flu that is.
Situation in the Philippines
My city just got one confirmed case of the WuFlu a couple of days ago. Afterward, the government has locked down Metro Manila from all land, sea, and air travel. Then the day after that, classes have been suspended for a month and people started to stock up on supplies. I hope it doesn’t lead to panic buying later!
(There were already a couple of cases before the quarantine. Just making it clear if you thought they closed the whole city from that infected one guy from my city.)
The quarantine’s definitely a good move, but anything could still happen. If I remember correctly, no disease has caused something like this to happen here before. If panic begins, I predict things will end up very badly because most people are unprepared for this. At least the warmer temperatures over here might make the virus less effective, but that’s not 100% confirmed yet.
My personal situation
I’ve actually been worried (but not panicking) about this before it became this big since my dad is an airline pilot with some international flights. Thankfully it seems we’re still fine, for now.
My first worry is… well I hate to bring it up again and not to disparage it of course, but the last contact I had with multiple people was at my grandma’s wake and funeral a week ago. A few relatives came from outside the country, though those were nations that haven’t been hit by ChinAIDS yet. Even so, I’m gonna be keeping an eye on myself and my family, see if anyone’s showing symptoms until next month.
My next worry is my dad seems to be reluctant to buy supplies even before the quarantine was declared. I’m pessimistic about our chances if there’s ever a food or water shortage. I don’t know if it’s right of me to ask, especially with me being AWOL with Cat Nine again (getting back soon, I promise!), but I would appreciate any donations to give us a fighting chance to survive just in case something happens!
At least we still have those n95 masks that we bought for the Taal ashfall. It’s good that we didn’t need them then because we can use them now.
Prepare and be informed
No doubt I’m not the right person to provide factual information about something as serious as this, but dammit, I feel strongly enough about it and it’s my blog after all. Maybe it will help, who knows.
I just want you guys to prepare, if you aren’t already that is. Sadly, there are still people with agendas spreading misinformation around.
Me? My agendas are common sense, critical thinking, and NOT DYING. I would also like to believe that my bullshit meter is pretty strong.
For the few who have stored enough and ignored their peers and family that say you’re blowing this out of proportion, good for you! For the rest of ya, I hope it’s not too late.
Stock up on long-lasting food, bottled water, meds, soap, alcohol, and toilet paper. Preferably water first since you’ll die of thirst quicker than starvation. Stash enough to last a month or two, maybe even a year if you can. If it were up to me, I’d get enough for a year if space and budget permits.
If you think something might to your electricity or water in the future, then prepare for that too. I dunno much about electricity except getting a gas and/or solar generator, or perhaps a solar oven so you can still boil/cook stuff even without power.
As for water, you could set up some rain collectors, but that needs maintenance, and the water has to be treated in some way. I’ve always wanted to get one of those Berkey water purifiers. If I had one of those, I’d still boil the water before dumping it in the purifier.
And since I mentioned generators, it might be a good idea to get some fuel for said generator, as well as for your other things like stoves. Maybe wood too just in case you need to cook or boil things over a fire, and because gas doesn’t last a year.
At least you can use all of that canned food or bottled water after this thing ends, or reserve it for the next possible emergency so it’s never gonna be a waste of money.
First of all, masks will not make you invulnerable. It’s better to avoid contact if you can help it. But if you must…
Any mask is better than no mask
Get n95 masks or better if you can. They’re probably out of stock or overpriced by now though, so you can settle for surgical masks if they’re still available.
There are some uh… uninformed people (cough my lil brother) that say surgical masks are enough, if not better. Surgical masks are made to prevent things from coming OUT of your orifices, and they’re only single-use, so you’ll have to replace them every time you use one.
But what if even surgical masks aren’t available? Well, my mom said some people started to wear cut-up water dispenser/cooler bottles on their heads. They look silly, but hey, they’re making an attempt to protect themselves and others. It’ll at least prevent you from touching your face.
Don’t believe anyone that tells you that n95 masks and above aren’t effective. To be fair, they’re right that most people don’t know how to wear them, so learn! Also, the real reason might be because of the mask shortage, and healthcare workers need it more. I say it’s perfectly alright to buy a reasonable amount to protect yourself and your family.
Again, let me stress that masks don’t make you invulnerable, but it might decrease your chances of being infected. Vaccines and medicines aren’t 100% effective too, but we still use them. And just like with herd immunity, more people using them will also protect vulnerable people. Some people still don’t get this for some reason, if not become hostile to you.
While the Shang-die virus is indeed smaller than what an n95 can block, it might block way more than what a surgical mask will because of the thicker filter and tighter fit. As far as I know, Corona-chan is spread through droplets, which can infect you through contact with your mouth and nose. Possibly eyes and ears too. Therefore, we can assume that n95s can block even more of these droplets. Mind you, I’ve also heard it can spread through respiration (breathing). If that’s the case, surgical masks are useless, but n95s should offer you some actual protection against that.
People with glasses might be a little more protected too. Aside from blocking droplets going for the eyes, improperly worn masks will fog up your glasses, and thus informing you that it needs to be adjusted. Consider getting safety goggles too if you’re not conscious about wearing it in public.
When to use and not use
Do wear them when in public, especially if you know that location has confirmed cases. And PLEASE wear them if you’re already infected.
Don’t use masks if you don’t need them, like at home. There’s already a shortage, so let’s not contribute to that.
You might’ve seen information about the Wuhan Flu like this:
But actually that’s from the Spanish Flu:
History repeats itself, like humanity being lax. Keep washing them hands or use alcohol though!
Always be on guard
I’ll be honest, I don’t know which sources don’t have agendas/narratives since even government agencies could be compromised by… foolish people, to put it mildly. If such a reliable source exists, who knows when it will be taken over?
So the best defense against misinformation is to rely on your common sense and critical thinking skills again.
Still, I want to recommend stuff, but please use your judgment went relying upon my suggestions.
- Information from South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan are the best right now.
- The CDC is a US government agency, but they appear to be factual enough about the CCP Virus.
- As for forums, r/Wuhan_Flu seems to be the most trustworthy at the moment. Fittingly, they’re quarantined because they have the “wrong” opinions. Ironically, this makes them more truthful than other subs. I can’t 100% vouch for it since I just found it myself, and just keep in mind that China is a big portion of Reddit’s investors…
If you want to find and filter the info for yourself, this list of red flags might serve you well. Up to you to believe me or not, but be warned if a source has any of these:
- prioritize being politically correct rather than staying alive
- claims it’s offensive if you:
- avoid Asians or Chinese
- are against travel or opening borders
- don’t refer to the China Virus with the approved names
- think that General Tso’s Revenge even came from China
- talk badly about China or Chinese
- have downplayed or called it a conspiracy theory
- pro-censorship in general
- claims that the Wushu Flu actually started from another country, like Italy or the US
- banned Winnie the Pooh, Plague Inc. or World War Z
- talks about cure-alls and alternative medicine
- owned by China
- paid by China
- majority of investors are from China
Oh my, it’s like most of these flags point to a certain country, but I wonder which? You may need your wits to solve this mystery!
If I turn up missing, you can hazard a guess which country did that.